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Enrollment begins for Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs for 2021

Agricultural producers can now make elections and enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs for the 2021 crop year. The signup period opened Tuesday, Oct. 13. These key U.S. Department of Agriculture safety-net programs help producers weather fluctuations in either revenue or price for certain crops, and more than $5 billion […]

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2020: The year of the cull cow

 Now is a good time for beef producers to take advantage of stronger than normal prices for culled cattle, says University of Missouri Extension agricultural business specialist Wesley Tucker. Fat trimmings become a value-added product for hamburgers. Demand for hamburger increased during COVID-19 as more people ate at home instead of restaurants or schools. COVID-19 […]

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Producers encouraged to enroll in Agriculture Risk Loss and Price Loss Coverage Programs

USDA’s Farm Service Agency encourages agricultural producers to enroll now in the Agriculture Risk Loss and Price Loss Coverage programs. March 15, 2020 is the enrollment deadline for the 2019 crop year. Although more than 200,000 producers have enrolled to date, FSA anticipates 1.5 million producers will enroll for ARC and PLC. By enrolling soon, […]

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Dozens of Missouri legislative bills become law today

Historically, most of the bills passed during the Missouri Legislature’s regular session become law on August 28. Of the roughly 2,100 measures filed this year, 144 proposals made it across the finish line. Dozens of proposals become official today. Here is a snapshot of 10 key measures taking effect: Education funding In the fiscal year […]

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Missouri Extension Livestock Specialist: Stockpile tall fescue now for winter feeding

Plan now to stockpile tall fescue for winter feeding. Stockpiled fescue lowers feed input costs and leads to better profits in cattle operations, says University of Missouri Extension livestock field specialist Patrick Davis.  Begin stockpiling tall fescue by resetting fescue pastures to 3 to 4 inches and adding 40 to 50 pounds of nitrogen in […]

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High nitrate in hay can, and is, killing beef cows in complex ways

Two years of abnormal weather changed plant growth, which changes livestock digestion and in the end, cows die. The words “it’s very complex” kept popping up in a University of Missouri emergency teleconference of state and regional MU Extension specialists.  This winter farmers find groups of cows dead, often falling on newly unrolled baled hay. […]

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FSA announces $86M to be paid to Missouri farms enrolled in Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage

United States Department of Agriculture Missouri Farm Service Agency Executive Director Brent Hampy has announced that more than 86 million dollars will be paid to Missouri farms that enrolled in Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage for 2017 market downturns. Missouri FSA will also distribute more than 102 million dollars in Conservation Reserve Program […]